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Crow problems question

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by neiled, May 4, 2014.

  1. neiled

    neiled Donator

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    I live on a small housing estate and one of my neighbours has a bit of a crow problem that he's asked for my help as he knows that I go shooting but I'm not sure of the answer so can anyone help me out?

    It's quite a new estate and when it was built all the houses had full chimneys built up the outside wall to allow a fire or solid fuel burner to be used in the lounge. The neighbour, who lives opposite me seems to have a crows nest in his chimney as we can see crows regularly landing on the pot and going down inside the chimney and he says they make a hell of a scratching noise when they're inside.

    Rather than have to get a ladder and get up on the roof to try and sort it out he's asked me to go in to his garden and shoot the crows as they land and go in and out so am I allowed to do this (he's asked his neighbours and they're happy for this to be done)?

    I did google it and found the info below:

    "It is an offence to fire an air rifle pellet beyond the land where you have permission to shoot, unless the occupier of the neighbouring land has also given you permission. Where someone under 14 is shooting, both the young person and the supervising adult can be prosecuted.

    It is also against the law, in England and Wales, to fire an air rifle within 50 feet of the centre of a highway if this results in someone being injured, interrupted or endangered. These offences could be committed, for example, when someone is shooting in their garden close to a road and the pellets ricochet onto the highway".
     
  2. Snipertez

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    I would say no, as putting up a ladder and fitting a cowl onto the pot is very easily done ?

    If you shoot the crows, others will probably just replace them anyway. And shooting up into the air in a built up residential area is generaly regarded as a no-no.
     
  3. neiled

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    I was thinking the same thing but it's a shame though :(
     
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    Hi Neil. They will be Jackdaws for sure! My neighbour has this problem, I rang him up a fortnight ago to tell him that the jackdaws were depositing sticks in his chimney, I advised him to light his fire for a few days to deter these birds, it did the trick, but you cannot shoot them as you will be allowing pellets to exit either yours or your neighbours boundary, tell him to do what my neighbour did! Atb Paul.
     
  5. neiled

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    Thanks for the advise lads it's just as I thought really so I'll go across and tell him he needs to get up there and sort it as i'm sure he hasn't got an open fire in the lounge.
     
  6. ratharvester

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    If they've built a nest then he will be best either getting a chimney sweep or rodding it himself to clear any obstructions.,if you light a fire and its blocked all you will succeed in doing is filling the room with smoke.I rod my own chimney using draining rods and a round chimney brush.easiest way is to shove the first 1m rod with brush attached up chimney then seal around fireplace with clear plastic and tape then make a small hole and attach other rods to the one in chimney,then rod to your heart's content without fear of soot flying round the house :) allow to settle then remove and clean soot,it works well,then deffo fit a cowl.I'm lucky I can shoot whatever lands on my chimney no other houses in a over a mile :Dradius
     
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    Forget that then lol:) post above says no fire,aye he'll have to get up and check nowt in pot then either fit a cowl or chicken wire on top.
     
  8. neiled

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    Don't you just love a good rodding......ooh 'er missus ;)

    I'm going to go over and tell him I can't help and give him all the suggestions and let him get on with it.
     
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    I had the same problem last year, it was Jackdaws and i had to clean the chimney out after the young ones had left the nest. You won't believe just how much crap will come out.
     
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    I think we have to be careful as to the exact wording of the law as the above is different to that shown under the offences section of Airgun Law in this forum which states:
    ".........Firing an air weapon within 15m / 50ft of a public highway £1,000 fine. "

    As you can see one appears only to commit an offence if someone is injured etc whereas the other is an offence based on distance alone. Also the definition of the distance is different ie one is within 50ft of a highway whereas the other appears to be 50ft of the centre of the highway.
    Perhaps there needs to be some mention of where one will find the true wording of the law as ignorance, or in this case reading something subtly different would be no excuse.
    Dag
     

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